Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Cairngorms National Park and Monadhliath. Also includes the Ben Alder area hills between Loch Ericht and Loch Laggan.

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Viewing Forecast For

Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath
Wednesday 17th August 2022
Last updated Tue 16th Aug 22 at 4:50PM

Summary for all mountain areas

A ridge of high pressure will bring an improving day with low cloud breaking to reveal occasional sunshine. However, the legacy of a front across Wales and S Pennines will give low cloud and patchy drizzle in the morning, but brighter conditions will arrive into the afternoon, and the gusty northeast wind will ease.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Cold start. Winds becoming light and hills clearing. Varying cloud amounts.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northeasterly 15 to 20mph eastern most hills at first. Otherwise, winds varying 5-10mph or less. Becoming southerly 10-15mph late in the day.

Effect of the wind on you?

Blustery start easternmost hills, but soon negligible across the area.

How Wet?

Rain very unlikely

A ridge of high pressure will afford a dry day across the area, once any isolated spots of rain from the early cloud clears.

Cloud on the hills?

Early cloud patches soon clearing off hills.

Any lingering areas of low cloud from overnight, will soon disperse in the morning to leave a mostly clear day across the hills.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

80%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Variable cloud and sunny periods. High cloud filtering in from west later. Visibility very good or excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

3C lifting to 7 or 8C.

Freezing Level

Above the summits, but a skim of grass frost some glens and corries at first.

Viewing Forecast For

Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath
Thursday 18th August 2022
Last updated Tue 16th Aug 22 at 4:50PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwesterly 25 to 30mph, perhaps 35mph at times.

Effect of the wind on you?

Blustery conditions; will impede walking at times through the day, particularly across the tops.

How Wet?

Occasional rain, mainly west.

Occasional rain and drizzle at times, mostly hills near and west of the A9. Further east, rainfall will be rare with hills substantially or completely dry.

Cloud on the hills?

Covering higher tops, mainly west.

Cloud will likely cover tops in fog for periods through the day, across hills near and west of the A9. Further east, hills often clear with only occasional patches.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30% in west, 60% in east.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Mostly cloudy, some sun breaking through at times in the east. Visibility sometimes poor in the west, very good in the east.

How Cold? (at 900m)

8 to 10C

Freezing Level

Above the summits

Viewing Forecast For

Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath
Friday 19th August 2022
Last updated Tue 16th Aug 22 at 4:50PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwesterly 15 to 30mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

May impede walking at times over higher slopes.

How Wet?

Occasional showers

After a mainly dry start, a few showers will drift in from the west from late morning onwards. Easing away toward and into the evening.

Cloud on the hills?

Occasionally covering the tops

Cloud will come and go on the tops through day. Descending to 900-1100m at times, in and around showers. Tops in the east mostly clear.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

60%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Occasional sun breaking through, most frequently in the east. Visibility good or very good, but lowering in showers.

How Cold? (at 900m)

7 to 9C

Freezing Level

Above the summits

Planning Outlook

A more unsettled period of weather ahead over the coming week, as low pressure will be often anchored to the northwest of the British Isles. This will result in west to southwesterly winds prevailing, with periods of strong winds or even gales at times, with frequent rainfall across western mountains, and rainfall more occasional further east where the best of the dry and bright weather will occur. Generally cooler, but warm sectors will move in at times over England and Wales bringing an increase in humidity levels once again.